Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Blanchard's Coffee Review & Giveaway Ends 10/16/11


Ya'll know I'm a coffee addict -- fiend -- aficionado. ;D

I love to find and experience new coffees whenever I can! Recently, I had the great pleasure of finding Blanchard's Coffee.

Blanchard's Coffee is wonderful. They demand freshness and  roast their beans daily. Roasting in small batches, they measure freshness in days, not weeks or months!

Blanchard's Coffee company is an independent, family-owned coffee roastery in Richmond, VA. We roast almost daily and have been since 2004. Below you'll find a list of the folks who serve up our coffee. We also ship just about anywhere, so our online shop should be your next destination. Drink up, bee buzzed.


I was blessed to receive two bags of fresh ground coffee: Fair Trade Organic, Ethiopian Harrar.
Everything you love about trail mix, now in liquid form! A smooth, balanced coffee with notes of dried cherries, milk chocolate, ripe blueberries, and just a touch of salt. A discerning palate might also pick up some red hot cinnamon hidden away.


and Swiss Water Processed Brazilian Decaf.
Decaffeinated by a mysterious process involving reverse osmosis and other stuff we don't really understand. The end result iis one of the purer-tasting decafs you'll have this lifetime. Drink up, guiltlessly!


Very different coffees! The Ethiopian Harrar is richly textured with flavour. The notes of chocolate and blueberry are deep and true. Thoroughly enjoyable and absolutely PERFECT for cooler weather! If you like to camp out -- this is a great "wake me up" coffee!

For softer notes and a quiet evening, I love the Swiss Water Processed Brazilian Decaf. This is a milder roast, a hint of chocolate, and decaf for de-stressing! This is such a lovely mild coffee and absolutely no bitterness at all.

Blanchard's Coffee offers so much: Brasilian Cerrado, Indian Monsooned Malabar, Espresso Blend, Metroplex, Swiss Water Processed Peruvian Decaf, and more! There is a coffee for every taste.

Blanchard's Coffee surprised me. It really did. I knew that I'd get good coffee -- but I didn't expect to receive such amazingly GREAT coffee! It's obvious that this company takes great pride in their product and in their service. The packaging alone suggests they put great thought in to keeping the coffee as fresh as possible.

The taste -- how do you describe perfection? Every single note is brilliant. No harshness, no bitterness, no after-tastes. Each cup is enjoyable from start to finish.

Blanchard's Coffee also makes seriously delicious iced coffee. I've made it that way several times now. The sugar and cream does not in any way dilute or diminish the flavour of the coffee itself. Seriously... who needs an expensive coffee shop?


The folks at Blanchard's Coffee love to connect with their customers and friends. Please join them of their Facebook Page and @drinkblanchards on Twitter.

The folks at Blanchard's Coffee want to share their wonderful coffees with you and have generously offered one of my lucky readers a chance to win two bags of coffee and a T-Shirt!

Just follow the directions below for your chance to enter to win!

DISCLOSURE: I received two bags of Blanchard's Coffee for the purpose of review. I was under no obligation to write a review. I received no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the items.



89 comments:

Matt Ferrell said...

Fair Trade Organic, Voilà sounds good!

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Matt Ferrell said...

Learned: They roast their beans daily. Roasting in small batches = keeps fresh.

aniamsou @ comcast . net

Paula L. said...

I learned that their coffee sounds seriously yummy!!
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meredith m said...

i learned that blanchard is a independent, family-owned coffee roastery
mermont84 at yahoo.com

maria g said...

I learned that there are only 300 pounds of the Nicaraguan Maragogype Peaberry coffee bean in the world... Now that's a rare coffee!

Rebecca said...

I learned that peaberries were highly prized and complex in flavor.

rebecca.nvcl (at) gmail.com

Tracy R said...

this is the first I have heard of Blanchards Coffee. It looks and sounds great - I must try it!!!
cardprincess(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

~dab said...

I learned about the Nicaraguan Maragogype Peaberry. Is it too late to change my initial entry? I'd love to try this coffee!!!!!

http://www.blanchardscoffee.com/microlot.php

abfantom said...

I learned that Maragogype coffee, also referred to as the "elephant bean", is a mutation of the typica coffee varietal (one of the two major classifications of arabica coffee) originally discovered in Bahi, Brazil. Maragogype trees have an exceptionally small yield and are often more difficult to maintain. Therefore, the coffee produced is quite hard to come by.

abfantom at yahoo dot com

Amber said...

I learned they have been in business since 2004.

The Crazy Gengler Boys said...

I learned they have been around since 2004 -- aggiegrad02@gmail.com

bored2quickly said...

I follow your blog on GFC, subscribe to your email and like you both on Facebook! I would love to win this! I learned they roast their beans daily! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
Renee Walters
bored2quickly@hotmail.com

skkorman said...

I learned that Blanchard's Coffee company is an independent, family-owned coffee roastery based in Richmond, VA.

Linda said...

I would like to try their Swiss Water Processed Brazilian Decaf. and Summers Bl-End.
mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

clc408 said...

I'd like to try Fair Trade Organic, Honduran and Fair Trade Organic, Ethiopian Harrar.

Stephen T Robertson said...

Hi
This is Stephen with Blanchard's Coffee Co.
Thanks so much for all of your interest!
Good luck in the sweepstakes!

clc408 said...

I learned that they roast daily in small batches

Sherry T said...

Coffee goes stale quickly so they roast their beans daily!

KAT said...

I would like to try Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Dark on Dark

KAT said...

I learned they have been in business since 2004

kdkdkd said...

They roast their beans daily

Lorri said...

That they sell their coffee at Whole Foods in Glen Allen

y2 said...

espresso blend and mocha java

Tes283 said...

I learned: Maragogype peaberries are notably complex in flavor with delicate acids combined with soft, buttery texture. In the cup, Nicaraguan Maragogype Peaberry produces big aromas of apricot, pineapple, and spiced rum leading to flavors reminiscent of tart lemon preserves on a warm brioche.

wow had no idea. I guess I wish I had change my 2 choices to the Peaberry.

Alice500 said...

I learned that they sell a kind of coffee called Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, which I thought was funny.

Laura Pruett
backflash_tuna@juno.com

barbara.montyj said...

I'd like to try these - Summer's Bl-End & Breakfast Blend.
Thank you.
barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

barbara.montyj said...

Something I learned and liked - Coffee can go stale quickly so Blanchard's roast their beans daily.

barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

Danny Lindsey said...

coffee can go stale very quickly
dannho1958@gmail.com

CherylS22 said...

I learned that "Coffee can go stale quickly".
Thanks for the giveaway!

jamie.whit said...

Blanchards has been in business since 2004
jamiewhittington at yahoo dot com

JMyers666 said...

I learned that the Maragogype Peaberry is an extremely rare find and Blanchard's Coffee Co. this year's entire crop is just 300 pounds.

sksweeps said...

I learned that they measure freshness in days, not weeks or months!

sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

Craftland said...

They have a great selection of Fair Trade and Organic Coffees.

caseyle2010 said...

they have been in business since 2004. and they are coffee fanatics :)

Patricia P. said...

I'd like to try the Breakfast Blend and Fair Trade Organic, Voila.

Patricia P. said...

Their coffee is ground daily, as coffee can go stale quickly.

onesockmissing said...

I was happy to see that Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is their flagship coffee. It is one of my faves.
Thanks!

Sarah said...

I would most like to try the breakfast blend and summer blend.
sarahandmike@hellokitty.com

Sarah said...

They roast in small batches so that the coffee doesn't go stale.
sarahandmike@hellokitty.com

smilekisses said...

I learned that the Nicaraguan Maragogype Peaberry is an extremely rare find.
dolniaks[at]consolidated[dot]net

ape2016 said...

I learned that their are way more types of beans than I thought including some rare ones like Nicaraguan Maragogype Peaberry. I also learned that Blanchard's is in Richmond, VA.

sweetsue said...

I would like to try the Dark as Dark and the Breakfast Blend.
smchester at gmail dot com

sweetsue said...

I learned if you want great tasting coffee, it's got to be freshly roasted.
smchester at gmail dot com

shirley said...

Dark as Dark, and Breakfast Blend are my picks to try.
supergrand2009 at yahoo dot com

shirley said...

I learned they roast their beans daily.
supergrand2009 at yahoo dot com

eclairre said...

I learned that there are only 300 pounds of the Nicaraguan Maragogype Peaberry coffee bean!

Ms. A said...

Mocha Java and Swan Song are my two picks

Miranda Ward said...

Its independantly family owned!


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FromFurrin said...

I learned that there are two major classifications of arabica coffee, one of which is the typica coffee varietal. Maragogype coffee, also known as "elephant bean", is a mutation of this.

What a delicious giveaway. Thanks for putting it together.

snarkymiss@live.com

FromFurrin said...

I learned that there are two major classifications of coffee beans, one of which is the Arabica bean. That made me wonder what the other one was so I looked it up. The two major classifications of beans used are the Arabica and the Robusta.

What a delicious giveaway. Thanks.

Snarkymiss@live.com

Kristen said...

I'd like to try Dark as Dark and the Nicaraguan Maragogype Peaberry.

Kristen said...

Coffee helps with blood flow, digestion, mental function, and its full of antioxidants.

Toni said...

i would like to try Summer's Bl-End and breakfast blend
tmarie56@hotmail.com

Toni said...

i learned that this company is independent and family owned
tmarie56@hotmail.com

starfi5ve said...

So pleased to discover them. We are coffee "addicts" also.. I like that they roast in small batches.

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starfi5ve said...

Subscribed by email now also

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Holly S. said...

Coffee beans look kind of like flour-y kidney beans before roasting to a deep dark brown. Thanks for the giveaway!

sue14625 said...

very nice slection of coffee
i follow via GFC sue14625@gmail.com

Caryn said...

I learned they first started their business in 2004

caryn9802 at yahoo dot com

jim said...

been in business since 2004 jimandboys@gmail.com

sweeps73 said...

I would like to try breakfast blend and dark as dark.

sweeps73 said...

I learned what a peaberry is.

Sarah said...

I learned that Maragogype coffee, also referred to as "Elephant Bean", is a mutation of the Typica coffee varietal (one of the two major classifications of Arabica coffee) originally discovered in Bahia, Brazil.

amanda hoffman said...

i learned that they roast almost daily and have been since 2004.
amandahoffman35 at yahoo dot com

jessilynn said...

I learned they purchased a whole crop of extremely rare coffee this year -
Nicaraguan Maragogype
Big aromas of apricot, pineapple & spiced rum leading to flavors reminiscent of tart, lemon preserves on brioche.

Sounds good! Now I really want a cup of coffee at 9:30 pm and no decaf..lol..what to do? Gonna have a cup and live dangerously. :)

mail4rosey said...

Peaberries are a secondary mutation wherein the coffee cherry only produces one seed instead of two.

msurosey@yahoo.com

elangomatt said...

I learned that the Maragogype coffee bean is a mutation of the common Typica bean--a mutation that creates a soft, more palatable, delicate coffee. The Maragogype trees are considerably more fickle and produce a much lower yield, thus making the coffee harder to farm and more rare.

mary said...

i found out that they roast their beans daily

ChicnSavvy said...

I learned they are an independent, family-owned

kelseylouiseapley at gmail dot com

Diane W said...

I would like to try Breakfast Blend and Dark as Dark

Diane W said...

Peaberry is an extremely rare coffee and Blanchard's Coffee Co. is excited to have purchased this year's entire crop

kat said...

I would like to try the Breakfast Blend and the Fair Trade, Organic.
kat_emerick@yahoo.com

kat said...

I learned they roast their beans daily.
kat_emerick@yahoo.com

kat said...

I learned they roast their beans daily.

Amanda S. said...

I learned that they started in 2004

saturdaynightfever said...

I would love to try Breakfast Blend and Dark as Dark.

edgenemmers@gmail.com

Lana Bradstream said...

I'd try the Peaberry and the Breakfast Blend.
lanaleebradstream(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lana Bradstream said...

I learned they roast their coffee beans every day.

jwtawny said...

jacie wright
jwtawny @ rocketmail.com
I learned they are centered in virginia!

kathy pease said...

Peaberries are a secondary mutation wherein the coffee cherry only produces one seed instead of two. Peaberries generally occur on the furthest branches of the coffee tree and make up less than 3% of a tree's yield. They are highly prized and are hand-picked from the rest of the harvest.

Chappy - George Chaplin said...

breakfast & fair trade organic!!

thanks

winchappy @ gmail.com

Chappy - George Chaplin said...

website a little hard to navigate with the links at the top & not on the side but still cool site..

winchappy @ gmail.com

c allen said...

i would like to try the dark and dark and the Fair Trade Organic, Voilà
crystal l allen

c allen said...

i learned that they roast their coffee beans daily crystal l allen

ladyt64 said...

I learned that if you want great tasting coffee, it's got to be freshly roasted.

mandala said...

Would like to try the Nicaraguan Maragogype Peaberry and the Fair Trade Organic, Voilà, Thanks!
mandalarctic at gmail dot com

mandala said...

learned that that the Nicaraguan
Maragogype Peaberry is a rare microlot coffee that is only available from Blanchard and that its taste balances crisp lemony acidity with soft buttery texture.

Selena said...

I learned that they roast their beans daily because coffee goes stale quickly
Selenajowest at live dot com

Cheryl Free said...

I learned that "Nicaraguan Maragogype Peaberry is an extremely rare coffee and Blanchard's Coffee Co. is excited to have purchased this year's entire crop" ヅ *Thanks* for the giveaway!